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Tributes are paid to actress Sophiya Haque

Tributes are paid to actress Sophiya Haque

TRIBUTES have been paid to the actress Sophiya Haque who has passed away at the age of 41.

Ms. Haque had enjoyed success on both stage and screen and only weeks before her death had been starring in London’s West End in the production of Privates on Parade. But just before Christmas she was diagnosed with cancer.

Born in Portsmouth, Ms. Haque had first become a dancer before moving to London where she sang in a group. One of her first breaks came when she landed a job as a presenter on MTV Asia — she remained with the station for seven years.

After moving to Mumbai in the later 1990s, Ms. Haque spent several years working in the film industry there, appearing in a number of Bollywood films.  No sooner had she returned to London in 2002 than she landed a role in Bombay Dreams the Bollywood-inspired musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

A leading role in the musical adaptation of The Far Pavilions was to follow. Her other credits included Wah! Wah! Girls.

Her great talents as an actress were brought to a larger audience when she appeared on the popular TV soap Coronation Street. She played barmaid Poppy Morales on the show during a period between 2008 and 2009.

Among the many tributes to be paid to Ms. Haque was one from Michael Grandage the director of Privates on Parade, in which she had been appearing when she became ill.

Mr. Grandage said: “She was a true force of nature and her glorious performance as Sylvia is one that will be remembered with great joy. Sophiya was a spirited lady. She lived life to the full and her presence in the theatre will be sorely missed.”

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